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Canberra United claimed their second win in a row in the Westfield W-League with a 5-2 victory over Newcastle Jets at McKellar Park.
A brace from Michelle Heyman and goals to Nickoletta Flannery, Grace Maher and Stephanie Ochs ensured Canberra got the points at home, despite Rhali Dobson and Jennifer Hoy scoring second half goals for the Jets.
The home side started far stronger and had a number of chances in the opening 20 minutes, with the Jets struggling to hold out the attack.
Canberra finally broke through after 19 minutes as Heyman turned her defender before firing low past Claire Coelho in the Jets goal.
Heyman was involved again in the 33rd minute, as Maher’s cutback found her to dish off to Ochs, whose shot found the corner past Coelho.
Down 2-0 at the break, Newcastle looked a more determined side in the second half as Arin Gilliland had a chance after just five second-half minutes.
However, it did not take long for United to add to their lead, as Heyman pounced on a pass from Ashleigh Sykes to slip the ball past Coelho.
There was a brief spark of a comeback for the Jets in the 63rd minute, as Dobson converted a cross at the back post.
The home side made an immediate response though, as Maher drilled a low free-kick through a crowded penalty area and into the bottom corner of the net.
The closing stages were played at a frenetic pace, with both sides bombing forward in search of further goals, and Newcastle secured a second in the 88th minute through Hoy.
There was still enough time for United to fire back a goal of their own, with substitute Flannery finishing the scoring with a shot in off the inside of the post.
The win sees United move above the Jets and into fouth on goal difference.
Newcastle Jets coach Craig Deans stayed positive after the defeat and hopes that it will make the girls come back stronger as it did after their first loss against Melbourne City.
“We scored two goals and created plenty of other chances in the second half. It’s a positive sign for future games that we are creating those chances as it’s more than what we were last year,” Deans said.
This year so far the Jets girls have scored up to seven goals which is two less than what they scored in total from last season.
“We wanted to win the game because that would have kept us at the top of the table.”
“It was more important to try and win the game and try and stay up at the top of the table, but on the day we weren’t good enough and didn’t defend as well as what we have been.”
Deans praised Hoy as well as Clare Wheeler who both performed well on the day.
“It was pleasing to see Jen score her second goal in just two games, it’ll boost her confidence especially for next weekend’s game.”
“Clare Wheeler also performed really well coming off the bench which I was really happy about,” Deans concluded.
The Jets will now face Sydney FC at home at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday whilst Canberra will travel to Adelaide.